A Wayward Word's Worth

December 28, 2009

Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers gain momentum after ECMA nomination

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 3:18 pm

Normally the cool clear water only laps gently against this shore, but for the moment every drop of it seems to churn and crash in wave upon endless wave. Andrew Hunter tries to crest one of those swelling walls of water, crouching closer to his board, every muscle tense in the hope of keeping balance. But in a literal blink of an eye his lids seal shut and he blindly topples to the frigid depths below.

“This is the best time of year to surf here in Atlantic Canada because all the storms make huge waves, but it’s so cold it can freeze your eyes right shut,” he said, adding that particular open water tumble inspired one of his first and favourite tunes, Old Man Winter. “After years of just loving it in Hawaii, it was quite an adjustment moving back here, and (the) difficulties of the Maritimes, (and) winter surfing definitely helped me write that, which is one of my best songs.”

But before he had to make that adjustment, the Hawaiian sand and surf gave birth to more than Hunters’ love of hanging ten – the island paradise’s mellow, bare necessities philosophy is ingrained in everything from the 2010 ECMA nominee’s stripped down sound to his band’s very name.




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